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Rep. Molinaro Votes to Pass Historic & Bipartisan Legislation to Lower Energy Costs for Upstate NY Families

Molinaro-Backed Bill Unleashes Energy Production, Preserves Critical Environmental Protections & Includes Molinaro-Authored Provision to Measure Cost of Hochul’s Gas Appliance Ban

Washington, DC – U.S. Rep. Marc Molinaro (NY-19) today voted to pass the Lower Energy Costs Act.

The historic legislation, which passed with bipartisan support, lowers energy costs for Upstate New York families by increasing domestic energy production, reforming the United States’ broken permitting process, and streamlining new energy projects, including renewable energy projects.

To preserve significant environmental and drinking water protections, Rep. Molinaro voted against Republican-led amendments, including one that could overturn the ban on hydrofracking in the Delaware River watershed. Molinaro’s vote helped prevent the amendments from being included in the final bill. The final bill also contains a Molinaro-authored provision that requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to publish a report on how Governor Hochul’s proposed ban on gas appliances will raise energy costs.

Rep. Molinaro said, “I don’t have to tell New Yorkers energy costs are too high. They see the bill every time they fill up their gas tank and pay their utilities. That’s why, I proudly voted to pass historic and bipartisan legislation to reduce these unreasonable energy costs. I also fought so the bill would preserve vital environmental and drinking water protections and fully account for the costs from Governor Hochul’s proposed gas appliance ban. This bill takes an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy and will make energy more affordable.”